Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beauty Brand Mogul

I just watched a VH1 segment on the fabulous life of the beauty mogul Jerrod Blandino, the face behind the cosmetics brand Two Faced. He's kind of like a male version of a modern-day Auntie Mame in all of her materialistic splendor. Not only does he make trips to the jewelry store to pick up diamond necklaces for his toy dog "London" (what a chic pet name), but he also gets dermatological house-calls (his skin is flawless and ageless), and he has a dizzying array of classic Chanel handbags. His beauty brand is similarly stylish and aesthetically-pleasing, and the cosmetics have cheeky names like "Boy Toy" and "George and Weezie" eye shadows. I'm particularly loving the makeup palettes that have some of the most beautiful and creative packaging designs (think Marie Antoinette in neon). Plus, they are affordable and get high ratings on Sephora's website. Who wouldn't want to look French and Fabulous?!

photo credit palettes: http://www.sephora.com

Planning Ahead

Every year I go to an incredibly elaborate Halloween party uptown. And by elaborate, I mean that all the guests are in over-the-top Halloween costumes, there is every kind of treat that you can possibly imagine (think chocolate fountains, pumpkin petit fours, and a million different kinds of cookies, cakes, cocktails, and candies), and there are spiderwebs, harvest bouquets, witches brooms, and carved jack-o-lanterns adorning the apartment. Somehow the overall effect is always elegant and tasteful rather than campy and cliche. Last year I tried to throw my own Halloween party for the first time, and it paled in comparison to the spectacular annual event that I look forward to every year. This year I'm starting early in my hunt to find the coolest and most unusual Halloween treats and decorations. So far I've found two good websites http://www.orientaltrading.com and http://www.grandinroad.com (both incredible sources), but I need some other ideas, so please share in the comments section.

photo credit window decoration: http://www.grandinroad.com
photo credit bug gummy candy: http://www.orientaltrading.com

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Feel the Love at Barney's "Love Yourself" Event

From Thursday September 24th - Saturday September 26th when you spend $175 on cosmetics and fragrances at Barney's you'll get a cosmetics bag filled with presents. Some fun items for fall include Sonya Dakar's Grapefruit Cleanser, Lipstick Queen's Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pop Art Gloss in 7 Minutes, Armani Beauty Bronze Mascara, and my personal favorite Le Labo Rose 31 perfume (it smells wonderfully like a flower plucked from the garden: roses, bright green leaves, thorny stems, and damp earth). If you aren't personally in need of any beauty items, then this event is a great opportunity to consider stocking up on Christmas and birthday gifts.

photo credit: http://www.barneys.com

Fashion Collaboration: Pendleton & Opening Ceremony

The Pendleton
/Opening Ceremony
collaboration has spawned an exuberantly-patterned fashion love-child that is a perfectly pitched mixture of Pendleton's Native-American-inspired fabrics and Opening Ceremony's edgy construction. The coats, made of brightly knit wools, have an impeccable feminine tailoring, and the statement-making full mini-skirts are sophisticated yet unexpectedly flirty. The men's collection is replete with perfectly soft plaid shirts and eye-catching vests (one of which I have my eye on for my own fall wardrobe). In short, this is one collaborative effort that you'll want in your own closet.

photo credit: http://www.openingceremony.us/default.asp

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Came, I Saw, I Purchased

The Uptown Scene:
Fashion's Night Out on the Upper East could best be categorized as a carnival atmosphere of hordes of ladies in cocktail attire craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Mary Kate & Ashley, Zac Posen (looking like a young Bacchus with a wreath on his head), and Victoria Beckham. Bergdorf Goodman was literally Bedlam, but all the inmates were wearing pearls and Lily Pulitzer. I got seriously claustrophobic and retreated to the beauty floor that was a Zen-like retreat from mass hysteria. Saks and Bendel's were manageable with less paparazzo, cranked up music, and champagne (which I couldn't seem to locate). At Saks I purchased the UV Protecting Fluid from my favorite La Mer Counter (it works as a sunscreen and a primer) and sampled the new concealer that covered like a dream but was (alas) too dark for my paper-white skin. Next, I checked out the William Rast line (JT's brainchild) and was pleasantly surprised. The jeans feel incredibly soft and there was a black leather jacket with red flannel and fleece that was super-chic. This French woman was trying it on and she looked so cool in it that I immediately wanted to copy her. Next up was Bendel's and trying on shimmery baubles. A clear resin bangle with navy sequins suspended in it caught my eye (it looked like the iridescent gills of a Tropical fish). As I headed back downtown in a taxi, I passed Patrick Robinson walking over to the Gap flagship and Tiffany's "blue carpet" strewn with white flowers and complete with a matching coffee truck (what a nice idea).

The Downtown Scene:
After stopping in quickly at The Pretty Reckless concert off Perry and Bleecker (FYI Taylor Momsen was looking amaazing in a white men's shirt, long rocker-ish platinum hair extensions, and black thigh highs held up by garters), I popped into Jeffrey at 8. Ladies were getting their portrait sketched and buying Louboutins in excess. Next on the list was a tiny Aussie boutique Elizabeth Charles that was perfect for decompressing from all the excitement. I decompressed so much that I bought a white Grecian-style tunic dress with gold ribbon. A quick stop for tacos at Los Dados and then Helmut Lang (all the models congregated there), DVF, and Catherine Malandrino, where I saw Catherine in an ornately studded black leather jacket and scooped up a sample of peach bath gel from the Caudalie spa. I finished the night with a jaunt down Bleecker where I ran straight into the handsome Nacho Figueras who is a lot taller and slimmer in person. I was told that Blake Lively and Anna Wintour were in the immediate vicinity but didn't see either of them. While walking home in a light rain I passed an exhausted looking Veronica Webb. I sympathized with her, since by that time my feet were starting to feel like lead. I can't wait to do this whole thing again next week for the Fashion Crawl, but next time I'll wear flats.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Where Will You be on Thursday Night?

Fashion's Night Out is tomorrow, and the list of events seems endless. You can click on this link to see the list of participating retailers and then click on the name of the retailer to see what type of party/offerings they will have. However, I've also broken it down a little bit for those who have decided to stay in the neighborhood for the festivities. Below is a list of some key sites which are all in the High Line vicinity:
1.) Catherine Malandrino is hosting a Parisian bazaar with live music, and there will be Maribelle chocolates too. If you want to catch Les Nubians they will be performing @10.
2.) Ralph Lauren because Nacho Figueras will be there.
3.) Tory Burch is having a La Esquina block party.
5.) Appetizers, prosecco, art, and stunning expensive cashmere at Brunello Cucinelli.
6.) DVF for special guests
7.) The Pretty Reckless is playing near Perry and Bleecker at 7 pm.
other places that are worth checking out: Stella McCartney, Cynthia Rowley, Poleci, Paige Denim
Place not in the neighborhood: Lisa Airan and French macaroons will be at J. Mendel on Madison.

I'll be starting the night at Jeffrey. Happy shopping everyone!

Having a Jean Arthur Moment

The other night I rented the romantic screwball comedy Easy Living (1937) with the bubbly blonde Jean Arthur. In the film a gorgeous fur coat falls from the sky onto the head of Jean Arthur as she rides on the double-decker bus to get to work. This stroke of luck sets off a chain of events where Arthur ends up ensconced in a penthouse apartment complete with a glittering chandelier and a bathtub/fountain that's reminiscent of Versailles. The film is really fun, and it has one of the best "food-fight" scenes in cinema that takes place in an automat. Anyway, I got to thinking what I would do if I had a Jean Arthur moment and all of a sudden I could have whatever material thing my heart desired. Incidentally, when told that she can have whatever she wants, Arthur chooses among other things two sheep dogs! Besides a Valentino gown, opulent floral arrangements daily, and a diamond-encrusted bicycle, I would have to opt for a pair of these elegant leather Over The Knee Wrap Boots from Chloe. They would be absolutely perfect for fall, and I could wear them around Chelsea while riding my new bicycle (with training wheels of course).

photo credit film: http://www.amazon.com
photo credit boots: http://www.intermixonline.com