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Living Like A Parisian

Don't leave your red lipstick at home! Channel Vanessa Paradis rouge attitude

Don’t leave your red lipstick at home! Channel Vanessa Paradis rouge attitude

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.

Only Beyoncé & Jay-Z can take a selfie this close to the Mona Lisa because in real life, your access to it is 12 Asian tourists deep holding up those stupid selfie rods behind a red velvet rope.  True story. Leonardo is turning in his grave.

Only Beyoncé & Jay-Z can take a selfie this close to the Mona Lisa because in real life, your access to it is 12 Asian tourists deep holding up those stupid selfie rods behind a red velvet rope. True story. Leonardo is turning in his grave.

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.

Bourjois is like the French equivalent of Maybelline.  A heavy dose of eyeliner and mascara does the trick!

Bourjois is like the French equivalent of Maybelline. A heavy dose of eyeliner and mascara does the trick!

Even though Sky Ferreira is a West Coast gal, there is something about her look that recalls French style. Here she wears American Apparel, all noir bien sur.

Even though Sky Ferreira is a West Coast gal, there is something about her look that recalls French style. Here she wears American Apparel, all noir bien sur.

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.

Heads up, the trendiest spot in town to get your éclair on is in Le Marais at L'eclair de genie.

Heads up, the trendiest spot in town to get your éclair on is in Le Marais at L’eclair de genie.

Ines de la Fressange covers Paris Vogue this month. Forever stylish in her Roger Vivier flats (aka the Faberge of footwear).

Ines de la Fressange covers Paris Vogue this month. Forever stylish in her Roger Vivier flats (aka the Faberge of footwear).

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January 11, 2015   No Comments

All Divas Wear Crop Tops & Floor Length Gowns, Met Gala 2014

SJP makes you look from all angles. Love the styling, the Oscar de la Renta dress, to the shape of the hair to the opera gloves.

SJP makes you look from all angles. Love the styling, the Oscar de la Renta dress, to the shape of the hair to the opera gloves.

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.

An iconic image of Charles James gowns, photographed by Cecil Beaton 1948

An iconic image of Charles James gowns, photographed by Cecil Beaton 1948

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!

Crop top! Emma Stone rocks a side braid and pink on pink Thakoon.

Crop top! Emma Stone rocks a side braid and pink on pink Thakoon.

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.

Rihanna shows off her enviable abs in a white Stella McCartney ensemble.

Rihanna shows off her enviable abs in a white Stella McCartney ensemble.

Risqué Nicole Richie in Donna Karan. She kind of looks like Elsa from Frozen, non?

Risqué Nicole Richie in Donna Karan. She kind of looks like Elsa from Frozen, non?

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May 16, 2014   No Comments

Lana Del Rey Style

I love the dramatic retro `60s cat eyeliner and pale lipstick

I love the dramatic retro `60s cat eyeliner and pale lipstick

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

  1. Summer Wine – with James Barrie O`Neill (cover of Nancy Sinatra = fun!)
  2. Ride
  3. Yayo
  4. Blue Velvet
  5. Ridin`- with ASAP Rocky
  6. Bel Air
  7. Bonus: Link to her short film Tropico
Head tilt: Lana del Rey for H&M

Head tilt: Lana del Rey for H&M

Lana Del Rey in Vogue Italia

Lana Del Rey in Vogue Italia

Quintessential Lana Del Rey is a dramatic eye. I like it when they also style her hair with waves via Vogue Japan

Quintessential Lana Del Rey is a dramatic eye. I like it when they also style her hair with waves via Vogue Japan

Toro! She collaborated with Baz Luhrman on Young & Beautiful for the Great Gatsby soundtrack. She's channelling a bullfighter non?

Toro! She collaborated with Baz Luhrman on Young & Beautiful for the Great Gatsby soundtrack. She’s channelling a bullfighter non?

 

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March 26, 2014   No Comments

Jared Leto’s So-Called Hair

Jared Leto winning his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.  He got his looks from his mama.

Jared Leto winning his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. He got his looks from his mama.

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!

Jordan Catalano

Jordan Catalano: “You could, have sex with me though…” {Angela laughs} “…if you really want to help.” {Angela gets up, laughing} “I guess that’s a ‘no’?”

Not long ago, Jared had a pink Mohawk. Here he is performing in Wales with 30 Second to Mars.

Rockstar commitment: Not long ago, Jared had a pink Mohawk. Here he is performing in Wales with 30 Second to Mars circa 2010.

Real men wear buns, not of the ballerinka variety. Jared chez the Golden Globes

Real men wear buns, not of the ballerinka variety. Jared chez the Golden Globes

Jared as beachbum Jesus rocker. Whoever is conditioning his hair right now, "BRAVO"

Dress it up or dress it down…it still look fiiiiine. Jared as beachbum Jesus rocker. Whoever is conditioning his hair right now, “BRAVO”

You’re welcome.

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March 3, 2014   1 Comment

Beauty Trends: Oils Are My Secret

 

Vogue Beauty: We all aspire to younger more beautiful skin. Sometimes less is more!

Vogue Beauty: We all aspire to younger more beautiful skin. Sometimes less is more!

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.

Ojon Rare Blend Oil - I brought this with me to Costa Rica and would apply it to my wet hair in the afternoons. Obsessed with the fragrant smell and moisture boost which made my locks lustrous.

Ojon Rare Blend Oil – I brought this with me to Costa Rica and would apply it to my wet hair in the afternoons. Obsessed with the fragrant smell and moisture boost which made my locks lustrous.

Morroccan Oil - I also love the tiny travel size. You only need a dime size dollop which you can run through your hair, focusing on ends for maximum shine. Be careful not to apply too much as you can get a greasy effect.

Morroccan Oil – I also love the tiny travel size. You only need a dime size dollop which you can run through your hair, focusing on ends for maximum shine. Be careful not to apply too much as you can get a greasy effect.

Julep Bare Face Oil - I typically wear makeup so I use this facial oil after a green tea scrub. It removes excess makeup and leaves my skin with radiant glow. There is also a subtle hint of citrus which I enjoy.

Julep Bare Face Oil – I typically wear makeup so I use this facial oil after a green tea scrub. It removes excess makeup and leaves my skin with radiant glow. There is also a subtle hint of citrus which I enjoy.

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

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February 22, 2014   No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Bergdorf Goodman gives us spectacular Christmas windows. A girl can dream!

Bergdorf Goodman gives us spectacular Christmas windows. A girl can dream!

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.

If you're like me and you confidently buy clothes for loved ones and friends, there are some lovely party dresses at Topshop.

If you’re like me and you confidently buy clothes for loved ones and friends, there are some lovely party dresses at Topshop.

 

For the hostess, why not try a fondue set? It's a subtle hint to your foodie friend, that perhaps they should host a fondue party (jedi-mind trick). Clever, non?

For the hostess, why not try a fondue set? It’s a subtle hint to your foodie friend, that perhaps they should host a fondue party (jedi-mind trick). Clever, non?

For the travel enthusiast that likes a beach conversation starter, try the Hudson's Bay stripe beach towel.

For the travel enthusiast that likes a beach conversation starter, try the Hudson’s Bay stripe beach towel.

Nothing beats a beautiful coffee table book. This one has beauty and depth, Grace: A Memoir

Nothing beats a beautiful coffee table book. This one has beauty and depth, Grace: A Memoir

 

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December 1, 2013   No Comments