Archive for March, 2006
We didn’t think it was possible to find a cleanser this scrumptious, but as usual, Los Angeles beauty maven Philip B. made us want to eat our words and his Chai Latte Soul and Body Wash, too. A magical medley of honey, milk proteins, black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger root, and black pepper, it’s so lacking in superfluous ingredients that it feels like you’re bathing in the real thing. It’s an exfoliating, pore-tingling product that’ll make you smell and feel delicious.
London designer Juliet Dunn kicks up her winter collection a notch with exotic caftans, pareos, mirrored skirts, and embroidered fabrics, with an undeniable global flavor that says Marrakech or Goa rather than St. Moritz. Her gold paisley caftan is a lovely item for leisure activity or lounging by the ocean with a mojito in hand. Contrast trim at the neck and wrists, as well as metallic embellishment and a sexy slim fit, make this comfortable shift a keeper. Available at Vivre.com.
The Japanese have known the rejuvenative, anti-aging effects of sake for hundreds of years. The Geishas bathed in sake to keep their skin supple and sexy, and scientists have shown that sake’s organic acids and sacharides peel away tired old skin cells and keep the body soft and young. Now, Aqua Dessa has bottled up the formula in their luxurious, exotic sake bath, a silky rice oil blended with green tea and vitamins—it’s a tonic that’ll make you tingle and glow.
Oscar de la Renta designs are known for being showstoppers, and making an entry with the line’s new Moroccan belt is sure to keep eyes glued to your swiveling hips. The belt boasts a romantic and exotic needlepoint of tiger’s eye and nickel silver. A low-slung leather band with an Arabian-inspired design adds some faraway chic to the look. Available from Vivre.
Spring is finally here—and with Marie’s yearly pilgrimages to warmer climes comes the need for a versatile bikini. Malo’s modest but sexy printed two-piece is perfect for frolicking on sandy beaches, from Ipanema to Palawan—a sprig of multicolored flowers adds a requisite dash of classic femininity and simple exoticism. Available from Vivre.
If a woman’s body is a temple, then it has to be said that men worship at its curvaceous, sweet-smelling altar. Carol’s Daughter Body Oil can be added to a gals’ hot bath to create a relaxing, aromatic steam; applied to dry skin as a grease-free moisturizer; or used as sensual massage oil for, well, whatever strikes your naughty fancy. If you’re a creative type who likes to experiment, its purposes are endless.
Some of Hollywood’s most fetching femmes are draping their décolletages in handmade jewelry from Wendy Hill’s collection. But she’s not just another LA designer. No ma’am, Hill is straight out of the suburbs and, consequently, a favorite among Desperate Housewives on Wisteria Lane (think Marcia Cross and Brenda Strong). Her Pleasanton-based collection features bracelets, necklaces and tasseled earrings with some extraordinarily beautiful stones handset in gold.
Touches of Oriental style are all the rage with fashion’s tastemakers—just take a look at Monique Lhuillier’s Obi sashes, Tory Burch’s silk tunics, or Lanvin’s geisha-worthy kimonos. Suzhou Cobblers’ luscious Ping-Ping silk mules, in sun-kissed shades of bright red and cool hues of turquoise, up the ante on Asian allure. These hand-made slippers may sport pompons, but they’re durable enough to wear all the time—whether you’re just walking to your mailbox or going out for an afternoon jaunt.
Like beaded bracelets? If the answer is yes, then you should definitely visit Caroline Ronazani’s site. While the site isn’t, her bracelets are simply stunning. The Quality is amazing – rarely have we seen such exquisite work. Her sense of color is fabulous and the stones used are truly fabulous. This was definitely a highlight in Stuttgart and comes highly recommended from us… See it all here.
We weren’t quite sure whether the technique was more fascinating than the designs, but at the end we settled for both. Uli’s t-shirts are made of cotton and Lycra and printed in a technique called ‘devoré’ which dissolves the natural part of the fabric and leaves the well, plastic, in this case Lycra. The result is beautiful lace details inspired by 16th century and jewelry of Elizabeth the 1st of England. See it all here.