Category — beauty
I recently returned from a gloriously long vacation in Europe. It was the kind of trip that continued so long, I lost track of time and dates. Back in my university days, Paris failed to live up to the hype of its image. But I rediscovered Paris, charmed by the grandeur of Haussman’s boulevards, twinkling lights shining brightly on the Champs Elysee and the surprising kindness and nouveau joie de vie that greeted me upon my return. I knew I was demurely blending in as I was often stopped for directions (by the French, no less)!
Should you find yourself in need of an impromptu mini-break, Paris is always a good idea.
La Louvre is worth it – I spent 4 hours in The Louvre and I didn’t even see all of it. Go early to avoid the massive lineups. While many of the galleries will be rammed with tourists (particularly the Italian and Renaissance), you can still take in the art in relative quiet in the lesser frequented rooms on the 2nd floor. You can also have a dejeuner at Angelina; there is a great view of the central courtyard to people watch.
Wear black head-to-toe – Understated cool and lots of leather. A black wardrobe is a true French staple. That and those Petit Bateau striped knit tops. Parisian style is iconic – chic, cool, effortless. You can also get a taste of that ‘je ne sais quoi’ at Sandro, Maje, Comptoir des Cotonniers or at their grands magasins (department stores) Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
Red Lips Don’t Care – Bright red or crimson lips are also a MUST – check out my classic-LC beauty post for a tutorial on The Perfect Red Pout. Obviously, the Parisian classic is of the Chanel variety – Try Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante. And for the Brigitte Bardot in you, black eyeliner and mascara is welcome too.
Éclair is the New Macaron – Parisians are over the macaron. I’m not over it but just to let you know, it’s so last season. Novelty eclairs are the ‘it’ patisserie du jour. I would have brought some home but undoubtedly they would have been squished in my suitcase seeing how I had to sit on said luggage to close it. Even if you want an après-midi, sugar fix Laduree and Fauchon are not the only macaron games in town. You can hit up any corner boulangerie (bakery) and there will be macarons aplenty. Just visit a busy one with lots of Frenchies and you know it’s good. Trust.
January 11, 2015 No Comments
Darlings, this post is like a library book…way past overdue. And I’m not going to address the elevator scandal overshadowing the fashion because I’ve heard about the Beygency. The theme of this year’s Met Gala 2014, was a tribute to Charles James, who according to WWD is “America’s best-known couturier.” This being the case, you would expect a lot of classic, opulent and elegant ball gowns of the socialite variety.
While I don’t know if they necessarily evoke the theme of this year’s event, these are my faves. There are a lot of crop top combinations and slinky silhouettes which is très 90’s. Enjoy!
I have been championing the maxi length and crop top/bustier combo for a while now. I think it’s going to hit mainstream this year. (fashion prediction) TRUST.
May 16, 2014 No Comments
I blame my friend S for my ruin. She gently twisted my arm and we bought stellar tickets to Beyoncé. She only gets reallyx3 good tickets to concerts. She wants to see them up close and personal. She wants to see them sweat. But now that I’ve been spoiled, I can’t go backwards and every time I get tickets to something, I need to be right up in the action. Slippery slope and it’s what I like to call a shame spiral.
Of all the bands and artists I have yet to see, I put it out there that I would like to see Lana Del Rey. Lo and behold, the universe delivered in the form of a Live Nation alert. So I bit the bullet and I’m going to see her do her gangster-Nancy Sinatra thing in the Spring (a rhyme).
Here is a playlist of my faves on repeat… She will be releasing a new album in 2014 Ultraviolence
- Summer Wine – with James Barrie O`Neill (cover of Nancy Sinatra = fun!)
- Blue Velvet
- Ridin`- with ASAP Rocky
- Bel Air
- Bonus: Link to her short film Tropico
March 26, 2014 No Comments
Besides daisies, plaid and 90’s nostalgia becoming all the rage, everyone is all about Jared Leto and his lustrous manlocks. For those of us who are
old young enough to remember, his claim to fame was starring as Jordan Catalano on my So-Called Life. He was the quintessential aloof pretty boy leaning on walls, distracted, being reallyx3 attractive from all angles, object of Angela Chase’s unrequited love and the bad boy of our collective dreams. He had a few years where he pursued his music with 30 Seconds to Mars and we all forgot what a sexy babe he is.
But he’s been drinking the blood of innocents and that’s what you look like when you’ve made a pact with Beelzebub. Some of his memorable looks today and yesterday. Enjoy!
March 3, 2014 1 Comment
There a long-standing joke that I age backwards, so I refer to myself as Benjamin Button. In my current arsenal of age-defying beauty secrets are Oils. With their numerous minerals and natural properties, oils are fast becoming a trending alternative to common products. I test a variety of products to see what works best for my hair and skin type but here are a few of my faves.
The biggest thing I noticed about using oils is that they feel fresh and natural. With my skin when it’s behaving nicely, I don’t need to wear much makeup. Do you use any beauty oils that you think are the bomb-diggity? I would love to know. xo
February 22, 2014 No Comments
I woke up super-early on Saturday morning, even though the night before warranted a proper sleep-in until noon. But I had a singular purpose in mind and that was to do all my holiday shopping before the madness descended on the mall. And I can dutifully report, “Success!”
Here are some of my tried and true ways to keep your sanity and give them what they want, what they reallyx2 want this holiday season:
- Make a list & check it twice – Now that I’m older and wiser, I have no time for diddly dadlling. I create a short list of the presents I need to buy and the shops I need to go to get them. Pick up the easy items you know first (like a specific book) and leave more time for the difficult (that perfect holiday sweater). Even if you don’t get everything in one shot, at least you will leave with a sense of accomplishment.
- Wear lightweight clothing – Even if it’s bone-chill cold outside, shopping is a calorie-burning exercise. I tend to feel overheated and irritable if I pack on the layers while maneuvering many bags.
Remember, to give how you live. I don’t think it’s about how grandiose the gift but the intention. Getting someone something they would never think to get for themselves is always a crowd-pleaser. And sometimes you don’t need to buy presents. Perhaps organizing a holiday brunch or dinner is plenty to spend time with close friends and family. The best part of the holidays is celebrating.
December 1, 2013 No Comments