Archive for February, 2007
Designer Charlotte Solnicki has taken the basic smock and transformed it into a dress befitting of the goddess in us all. A simple, off-the-shoulder cotton dress with crochet banding and a ruffled bottom hem make us want to toss out our sweats and glam up our lounging habits.
Ercolano’s classic jewelry boxes completely revamp prototypical kitchen checkerboard tiles but while maintaining a sense of basic chic. Hand-painted inlaid squares of wood, a polished finish, and luxurious leather interiors add more than a pinch of glamour to the petite keepsake trunks.
Caswell Massey have been peddling their perfumes and other yummy bath products since 1752, which officially makes them the oldest apothecary in the United States. While things have changed considerably since the days of our forefathers (like dentistry, for one), Caswell Massey still offer antiquated yet effective beauty fixes that are both indulgent and practical. Take their revitalizing cucumber eye pads. Printed to resemble honest-to-goodness cucumber slices, each pad is the perfect antidote to puffiness and dark circles and is pre-moistened with goodies like pure cucumber juice, chamomile, and green tea. They’re perfect pick-me-ups on days that preclude lengthy spa trips.
Welsh-born Erica Davies got the inspiration to start her own funky-fresh line, Development Clothing, after working with Marc Jacobs. Now, the clothier, who’s based in L.A., has a distinct American/European aesthetic—creating pieces that are wearable yet innovative, luxurious but always just a bit cheeky. This silk blouse comes from Davies’ spring 2007 collection and is based on vintage circus motifs, as well as Boho simplicity. Pleated short sleeves and wide collar, and a splash of polka dots complete the romantic look.
San Francisco’s fashionable Spa Bar was conceived by spa resort experts Galen Yuen and Ken Go, who did their research and came up with the perfect idea for the downtown retreat. Certainly, über-modern digs with just a dash of space-age glamour help their cause quite a bit. It’s the quintessential, sprawling one-stop place for all your needs. Want a haircut? Try the roomy six-station salon, which hacks and fashions coifs with the help of lines like Kerastase and Bumble & Bumble. You can also get all your waxing essentials taken care of or try a mani/pedi combo over a glass of champagne. And of course, the aromatherapy oxygen bar is there to save you from the afternoon ickies — it neutralizes bacteria and gives you a natural defense against illness. If you’re there for a massage, try the spa’s famous Thai Therapy, which uses traditional yoga stretches and deep tissue kneading to relieve overworked muscles.
Wedge heels are in and this Betty Muller wedge pump is the perfect addition to any shoe-lover’s collection. Carefully detailed strips interwoven over the front with an open-toe. Simple buckle envelopes the foot while sturdy heel support looks just as good with detail to match toe design. Comes in orange, purple, chocolate and black, these suede shoes are destined to be a favorite in your closet.
Choices, choices everywhere! Bond No. 9 creates perfumes for the modern, savvy urbanite, but sometimes their options can be too dizzying to contemplate. That’s why you can have your cake and eat it too with their Perfumista’s Custom Blending Box. A collection of 16 exuberant fragrances enables you to play chemist and come up with your own tantalizing signature scents.
Marie discovered Loro Piana’s luxurious travel pillow on a particularly taxing trip from New York City to Hong Kong last fall. When a mere eye pillow couldn’t do the trick, she pulled this out. The piece’s goosedown padding and a supple cashmere exterior make for hours of dreamless sleep and portable luxury.
Lambertson Truex’s clear Sandy purse may well take the mystery out of your bag of tricks, but if you can spare secrecy in favor of style, this is the bag for you. Sandy’s silver leather trim and simple, water-resistant plastic lend it the kind of simply buoyancy that makes for the perfect warm-weather tote.
For over 200 years, Creed has been peddling seductive handmade potions that bottle the scents and flavors of exotic locales, for everyone from Napoleon to Audrey Hepburn. This intoxicating flacon is infused with the heady perfume of Ceylon (also known as Sri Lanka) and contains notes of green tea, Jamaican ginger, Calabrian bergamot, and Sicilian tangerine. It’s a heady rush of the monsoon season that’s as refreshing as it is unfamiliar.