Archive for May, 2007
Pleasure in beauty and passion in creation defines the Malin Westberg Collection. Combining joy and desire to make the world even more beautiful. Nature’s own simplicity as seen in tree trunks, shadows and a variety of shades, opens up possibilities of endless combinations of colour and design. Her make up bags has room for a women’s entire make-up to face the world.
Breaking out? Or simply anticipating more wrinkles with summer around the corner? Quick, go see the Wizard of Ahhhs, more commonly known as Natasha Brittle. She sets up shop at Gentle Touch Skincare inside Robert Jenson Salon at 999 Oak Hill Road in Lafayette, California. There’s no website, so jot down this number and thank us later: 925-962-9180. Brittle (who really does possess the softest touch) offers the Sothys Institute Treatment that includes steaming, cleansing, exfoliation and extractions, but here’s the kicker: a special serum, applied with pressure point massage, instantly softens fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth. At the finish line, a hydrating mask that calms delicate skin and dries into a gel that feels delightful when peeled away.
If you’re a fickle gal (aren’t we all?), score one of these Garbo Studded Satchels by Be&D at Bag, Borrow or Steal, a website that allows you to rent a bag until you tire of it. Brilliant! Just a wee bit edgy, this design boasts a top zip closure for easy access to all of those feminine artifacts, adjustable buckles and interior cell phone pockets. Goldtone studs are the icing on the proverbial cupcake.
In the increasingly hip Mission District in San Francisco, Robin Brouillette (open mid May) indulges with 220-square-feet of fashion bliss. What it lacks in space it makes up for in interior décor, which boasts pretty vintage chandeliers (think Parisian boudoir with a dash of hippie charm). Snap up the bikinis and ivory bracelets, fit for your next trip to Morocco.
Italian-made clothing, furniture and jewelry always elicit a swoon. It’s the latter that really puts a smile on a spoiled brat’s face. Pianegonda’s twisty ring and matching cuff are made from polished and diamond-cut sterling silver. But we couldn’t mention the line without mentioning the couture jewelry collection and conference May 30 to June 4 in Vegas, baby!
Bella Luccè skincare sources some of the most exotic ingredients on the planet (no easy feat, natch). This Peruvian Chocolate Body Wash is deliciously creamy, mild and sulfate-free. Ingredients include shea butter, an abundance of exotic botanical extracts, and pure French cocoa to leave your skin scented like decadent choco. Also check out the heavenly chocolate body scrub to revive dry, lackluster skin. Sweeeeet!
Attention stylephiles! Since opening an eponymous atelier in San Francisco last December, Robert Berry has created quite a buzz. His 347-square-foot boutique on Octavia Street is a reflection of his luxe clothing line: sleek, understated, and pleasantly unexpected. At the forefront of the intimate space sits Berry’s wooden cutting table, which moonlights as a buffet table for charity gatherings and allows passersby to watch the self-taught designer create his own patterns, slice sumptuous fabrics, and customize clothing to suit client’s tastes and body shapes. The set-up draws crowds much like an exhibition kitchen, and fresh-cut confections, such as column dresses adorned with French lace and dress-like cashmere coats, range from $200-$1000.
Lizzie Scheck’s jewelry is utterly layerable and wearable (we’re such poets). Here’s the piece that launched a million copycats: It’s the horseshoe necklace that Sarah Jessica Parker sported on Sex and the City. Handmade in 14K gold with lovely pave diamonds, it adds pizzazz to a casual ensemble. Tie one around your neck if you’re in the market for good luck. Or simply a lot of compliments.
Ah yes, another product of Parsons School of Design. Leigh Bantivoglio does sexed up underpinnings inspired by the unabashed sensuality of Parisian culture. We’re loving these looks from her coquette collection. They make us want to frolic outdoors in our skivvies, but we’ll settle for the privacy of our living rooms…for now.
This isn’t just a gorgeous vessel. If you have extremely sensitive skin, Gamay Noir eye cream by D’vine is like a miracle. It’s even ideal for ladies who’ve recently undergone laser resurfacing treatments, chemical peels, blepharoplasty (bonus points if you even know what this is), and microdermabrasion. The sunscreen inside this posh product protects the skin around your peepers from the sun. You can also use it on your pout in a pinch.