Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Spring Beauty Essentials: Florals

1.) Fresh Rose Face Primer: This elegant primer features rosewater and cucumber extracts to smooth the skin before you apply foundation.

2.) Fresh Sugar Blossom Hand Wash: This indulgent cleanser contains hibiscus, primrose, shea butter and vitamins, and it smells like pink lemonade.

3.) Diptyque Pink Roses Candle: The soft and feminine floral scent is divine, and when it's lit the bright pink votive casts the most beautiful complexion-perfecting glow.

4.) Molton Brown Unwind Pagoda Tree Foot Cream: The name itself is enticing (It reminds me of the Chinese Garden in the Metropolitan Museum), and the scent is just as relaxing and calming.

all of these items can be purchased at: http://www.bluemercury.com

photo credits:http://www.bluemercury.com

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Hipster-Girl Intimidation Factor

You know those girls that you encounter in bars or draped languidly on couches at parties, who look like they stepped right out of a photo shoot for Nylon or p. 52 of this month's New York Magazine? Girls who didn't pay a cent for the amazing clothing they're wearing (they either got it at a Vogue-esque clothing swap party or sewed it themselves). Girls who are so resourceful and fashiony that a pigeon feather becomes a chic hair accessory when stuck in their chignons. Girls who actually look pretty with bangs and whose boots are impeccably scuffed. These girls intimidate me, but they are also a source of endless fascination. How do they pull it off so flawlessly, and more importantly who designs their clothes? Chrissie Miller's designs for her fashion line Sophomore are the way to go if you don't want to look like a raging yuppie in a bar full of beautiful girls. These dresses are comfortable and feminine. I want both of them in every color, and they will tide me over until Topshop finally opens.

photo credits: http://www.bonadrag.com

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Winning Combination:

BabyCakes chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (made without dairy, egg, or soy- no guilt) and a cup of hot chocolate from the lineup in City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival. I know that a cupcake made without dairy or eggs may sound less than delicious, but these are actually better-than-Magnolia amazing, and they deliver by messenger! Being addicted to sweets, the fact that I can have a cupcake that's actually healthy for me is also a huge draw. Pair the chocolate cupcake with a steaming cup of Sunken Treasure or Banana Peel hot chocolate (check out the list to see which flavors are being offered on which days), and you will completely forget that it's freezing outside and that you have a stack of bills to pay on your desk. This combination is more economically feasible than analysis, and it actually works!


photo credit cupcake: http://www.babycakesnyc.com
photo credit Sigmund Freud: http://www.public.asu.edu/~jmlynch/273/images/freud.jpg

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sweet Surrender

Chocolates are de rigueur on Valentine's Day, but if you want to break away from the traditional Conversation Hearts and drugstore bonbons, then check out Debauve and Gallais. A bit more under the radar than La Maison du Chocolat, this tiny jewel-box of a store has the most delicious and exquisitely packaged chocolates. Originally the official chocolatier to the French court, the shop's specialty are Pistoles (delicate chocolate coins that were created for Marie Antoinette to disguise the taste of medicines). For Valentine's day the Pistoles are decorated with a pretty design and packaged in a golden box. Other specialties include Aiguillettes (candied lemon and ginger peels) in a stunning feminine box and truffles bedecked with roses.

photo credits: http://www.debauveandgallais.com

Sunday, February 8, 2009

This is one of the most exquisite perfume bottles that I have ever seen. It reminds me of the beautiful marble Neoclassical Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix sculpture by Canova, where she is shown reclining with an air of regal elegance. She was Napoleon's sister, so she had every right to be regal and elegant. If the beautiful bottle alone is not enough to entice you to desire Peche Cardinal, then the delicate peach, coconut, lily, and musc scent should convince you. The name Cardinal Sin isn't bad either.

photo credit sculpture: Antonio Canova, Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix, 1804-08, marble, Galleria Borghese, Rome. http://www.loggia.com/art/18th/canova05.html
photo credit perfume: http://www.luckyscent.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentine's Day Glam: Retro Slips

I came upon the site Your Slip is Showing on the DailyCandy website and was totally smitten. There's something so elegantly old fashioned about wearing a beautiful slip (remember that scene in Bringing Up Baby where Katherine Hepburn's skirt rips and Cary Grant tries to cover her visible slip with his top hat). These stylish slips can be worn as nightwear or even peeking out from under a mini (as shown in many of the photos on the site). They are so beautiful that you'll want to show them off. The frills, lace, and floral detailing are feminine and flirty and perfect for Valentine's Day!

photo credit: http://shop.yourslipisshowing.com/shopslips.aspx