Archive for April, 2007
Jeffrey Sebelia is the LA designer with a raucous punk sensibility who’s at the helm of Cosa Nostra, a company that revels in innovative basics for style contrarians. If you’re suffering from the fashionista blues, the playfully sexy bondage top is simple, edgy elegance that’ll make you super-comfortable while ensuring a few envious looks from gals with more pedestrian getups. The scoop-neck ribbed tunic, with contrast lines that resemble bondage straps, includes other special touches like dangling straps from the bottom hem, ultra-long sleeves, and ruched cuffs.
You’ve likely heard of gemstone therapy, but ever tried it in a shower? Talika’s super-indulgent Holistic Beauty Soap will give your skin a satiny sheen and softness—and the magic ingredient is rose quartz. Rose quartz, other than aiding in the rebuilding of the hydrolipidic film (a natural barrier against water evaporation), has been said to ward off negative influences and soothe a wounded heart. So next time you want to cry, draw a bath with this luxurious soap instead. We think it’ll have you feeling better for reasons that go beyond energetic fields.
Sure, we love to splurge but we also love a great deal. Estates Consignments yields plenty thanks to a little-known jewelry salon, which fosters a fashionista’s most capricious fantasies. Previously owned watches and baubles by Cartier, Bulgari, Chanel, Rolex, Patek Phillip, Tiffany & Co. are priced at a fraction of the retail cost. You’ll also find rare prototypes, exquisite vintage pieces, a cool collection of loose diamonds and estate consignments fit for a modern or Moroccan-inspired manse.
D.L. & Co.’s high-grade European wax candles are special, and not just because they smell scrumptious. A lot of the materials that go into their candles also go into creating some of the world’s most luscious and body-smoothing lotions, shower gels, and cosmetics. In effect, you’ll want to rub their Pink Pepper Candle all over your body—and you can probably get away with moisturizing yourself in the process. Also, the coruscating blend of pink, white and black pepper, carnation, and sandalwood are sure to add some slow-burning spice to whatever ritual you choose to use it for.
Pennsylvania-born Justin Giunta subscribes to the school of thought that more is more. His line, Subversive Jewelry, is all at once goth and glam. From pieces made from pearls and copper, to “sunken treasures,” he’s created his own unique niche in the accessories industry. This baroque-inspired Degas necklace, made of ribbon and faux pearl beads, is one for the “why didn’t someone create something like this sooner?” file.
San Jose-based Effie’s Heart has a theatrical element. The label’s creator has produced costumes for plays and musicals that evoke various eras (mostly Empire, Edwardian, and the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s). Color palettes are inspired by antique catalogs, art history, nature, and vintage clothing. The materials, such as cotton and velvet, are so very sumptuous. Check out the unique collection of hats, scarves, totes, and accessories.
Each year Danish company Georg Jensen selects one designer to interpret the symbolism and personal meaning of the heart. American born, London based artist, Jacqueline Rabun, took up the challenge to create the world’s oldest symbol for love as the 2007 ARTIST HEART COLLECTION. Jacqueline Rabun took an abstract approach in creating the heart pendant. She liked the idea that a great many of us hold untold secrets close to our hearts, hidden and protected from the glare of the world.
Crafted in sterling silver the heart acts much like a locket where two halves of the heart close together. The 2007 ARTIST HEART PENDANT is crafted in sterling silver and available in a small and large size. Matching earrings and earscrews have also been created. There is also a limited edition pendant available in 18 carat gold.
German-born Jutta Neumann’s exquisite leather sandals have the tenacity of a blacksmith’s masterworks and the fabulousness of couture. We love these shoes, which remind us of the footwear of ancient Greek and Roman damsels. This beautifully contoured leather sandal sports delicate yet sturdy leather soles studded and secured with bronze, and a shiny metallic double O-ring strap that offers a more subdued version of bling.
Le Labo’s enticing made-to-order fragrances are as eloquent as they are mind-blowing. With just a daub of their Rose perfume, you’ll have that itinerant beau on his knees. The fragrance, rounded out by lush Centifolia rose, also contains warm, woodsy notes—cumin, cedar, and amber—for an intoxicatingly robust and sensual quality.
Okay, girls—those of you cursed with wimpy lashes, listen up. Beauty mavens Emily Cohen, Chantal Laren, and Anna Singh have created the perfect two-toned mascara for those of us seeking a little oomph and dramatic appeal. Their Flash Lash mascara is light, not goopy—not only does it lengthen and thicken lank lashes, it also adds just a smidge of bright color to your tips for some added flair and eye-opening gusto.