Archive for November, 2006
So you’ve come down with a case of holiday wanderlust? If you can’t board a plane to Milan right this instant, satiate a craving for global exploration by stocking your closet with Materialust’s cotton tees, tanks, long-sleeved shirts and hoodies from all over the globe. The super soft, super cool designs are emblazoned with vintage artwork that’s been taken from matchbooks, hotel brochures and other unusual places. Check out the His and Hers Paris tees. They’re incredibly un-touristy, if we do say so.
Intrepid scribes are swooning for Moleskine’s hardbound City Notebooks—a dozen currently exist featuring European cities. Inside you’ll find foldout key maps, zone maps, blank pages for notes and a personal archive of tabbed dividers you can use for whatever you like (i.e “where to find the best martini”). The clever little creation keeps track of hotels, shops, addresses and other places of interest. Use it to organize your trip and then preserve it for memory’s sake or pass it along to your friends. The North American versions will drop this spring. Our European friends could use another excuse to head to San Francisco.
Move over, chemical peel! We know just the thing to make you toss all your other age-defying makeup products into the garbage. It’s called Fresh Elixir Ancien, and it works! Hand-blended in a monastery in the Czech Republic, this super-hydrating oil purifies and nurtures your face with all-natural substances like seabuckthorn oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ, and rosemary. Available from Sephora.
What do your shoes say about you? If you’re bored with the season’s lackluster flats, tired of the played-out cowboy boots, and need a serious stiletto overhaul, why not try these statement-making platform pumps by Marc Jacobs? A criss-cross Mary Jane strap and an upturned toe add sweetness to the dangerously voluptuous heel and sleek leather.
So you say medical spas bore you? Aura Skin Spa, tucked away on the outskirts of San Francisco’s North Beach district, gives the typical stuffy med spa a much-needed overhaul, opting for über-cool loft-like surroundings, washes of monochromatic color, polished hardwood floors, cozy brick walls, and spare elegance. The convenient downtown location offers harried working folks plenty of pampering options, as well as the customary, not-so-relaxing med spa offerings, such as laser hair removal, photorejuvenation for sun damage and age spots, cosmetic dermal injectables like Botox and Restalyne, and medical needling for acne scarring. Try the spa’s Environ Medical Facial. Environ is a product line based out of South Africa that makes liberal use of vitamins A and C, in order to normalize the skin and promote the production of healthy collagen. The facial’s a leisurely two-hour long treatment that offers the typical aesthetic goodies (a restful hand and back massage, a fluffy comforter, and a yummy alginate mask, to name a few), in addition to Iontophoresis (a pulsed galvanic current) and Sonophoresis (low-intensity sound waves) to temporarily slacken the skin barrier and allow the products to penetrate beyond the superficial dermal layer. It’s sinfully relaxing, and it’ll have your skin looking and feeling squeaky-clean, to boot.
Designer Pamella Protzel is the lady behind the hip vintage Ella Moss collection. Protzel’s sensibility is a mixture of friends’ closets, chic Parisian flea markets, Beverly Hills boutiques, and West L.A. art galleries. We luuuurv Pam’s Edie dress, a timeless viscose and wool classic with a tri-color block, a faux-wrap front, and a plunging neckline. It’s effortless perfection for those low-maintenance days.
Smokers take note. Aesthetic dentist Jonathan Levine says you don’t need to suffer from embarrassing yellow stains anymore! His GoSmile™ teeth-whitening system has been making our pearly-whites happy for quite some time now, and it sure as hell beats the bi-annual trek to the dentist. This tantalizing set contains 40 whitening and brightening ampoules that’ll have your teeth looking all sparkly within days.
Elegance and luxury can perhaps best be considered a juxtaposition of old with new, and there are few jewelers who strike a balance between the two the way Isaac Manevitz of Ben-Amun does. This gorgeous twist on the locket is made up of aged brass metal, five braided connecting chains, and Victorian engraving. Luxuriously large without being too clunky, it’s a surefire attention-getter.
Located just a couple miles from downtown Berkeley, the Claremont is a ritzy, hillside haunt that offers beautiful seclusion to entrepreneur types, but with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline, for good measure. Set atop 22 acres of sculpted gardens, the Claremont is also home to a world-class spa that boasts one of the most innovative and extensive treatment menus around. From pumpkin soufflé facial masks to hydrating essential oil wraps to spa packages galore, this sanctuary’s offerings are clearly suited to only the most discriminating connoisseur. If you’re ever in the area, try one of the spa’s seven Signature Journeys. The Signature Journeys take their inspiration from exotic locales around the world and are among the most intense pampering experiences you’re likely to get. Each journey is two and a half hours long and typically includes a lush botanical bath, vigorous body scrub, and soothing aromatherapy massage. Best of all, the treats are as creative and evocative as their names: the Brazilian Rainforest Journey includes a healing aloe vera body wrap and a full body coconut milk massage, while the Phillipine Journey’s brand of paradise involves a fresh ginger and raw sugar scrub and a bath suffused with plant extracts.
How premium are your jeans? We think a woman’s denim can never be too decadent, so we’re loving Ya-el Torbati’s Deenar label. The denim is sourced from the finest mills in Italy and Japan. We know what you’re thinking: “Will they make my fanny look more fab than flab?” The answer is a resounding yes. Girls, you know we wouldn’t lead you astray. Try them on and tell us what you think.