Archive for November, 2007
When you can’t make the jaunt to the Hawaiian islands, wearing jewelry inspired by the region is the next best thing (for the record, wearing a flower lei and sipping booze from a coconut doesn’t do the trick). Mish New York’s Hana Bamboo collection features marvelous, bamboo-themed designs made from 18k gold; white and brown diamonds; and black jade, coral and tigers eye that have been hand-carved. Wear the pieces well into the winter when you’re craving a warm ray of sunshine.
Feeling stressed? Dab Sumbody’s new Sumtherapy mini-Zappers on your temples, throat and inner wrists. Packaged as pocket-sized aromatherapies, a kit contains four best-selling Zappers (the brand’s proprietary blends of herbs and essentials oils that “zap” common ailments). They work to banish anxiety, allergies, appetite, distraction, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, menopause, nausea, p.m.s, sinus congestion, stress and breakouts.
Style update! As we mentioned months ago, Carry a Tune Purses are the perfect addition to a music-loving gal’s ever-growing handbag collection. Well, now Livermore-based designer Sue Gabriel will customize a bag for you using the CD cover of your choice (she used to work only with album jackets). Sling one over your sexy shoulder, or snap one up for a sentimental and fashionable friend.
Marie is crazy about Corte Madera’s new Blue Mercury spa, which serves up an assortment of primping treatments for skin and hair. Part spa, part boutique, the space stocks cosmetic and skincare lines such as Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Aesop, T.LeClerc and Lola Kelly. Stop in for a 50-minute cellulite-blasting phyto-organic body wrap. It includes a stimulating salt-scrub exfoliation, an application of toxin draining oil, and a phyto-organic hydrating gel mask. A green tea, lavender, and rosemary cream improves skin’s elasticity and cellular balance. Dimples don’t disappear overnight, but with persistence you’re well on your way to looking and feeling more svelte.
Short on cash? Here’s an effortless way to give your existing shoes a makeover: Invest in a few clip-on embellishments by Absolutely Audrey. We know, we know, the concept is so unabashedly retro, but that’s part of the allure. These 1960s-inspired Corina designs make a bold statement with subtle pink and gold accents. There are also plenty of bows to indulge your inner girlie-girl.
Marie has revealed two more products responsible for her external glow. The first is Appellation’s Grapeseed Clay Facial Mask, a deep cleansing, firming and polishing potion that unclogs pores, moisturizes, and revitalizes (she applies it once a week for 15 minutes). The second is Grapeseed Muscle Soak, which she uses after an intense workout. Arnica, clove, and ginger soothe fatigued muscles while extracts from grapeseed, green tea, rosemary, sage, willowbark, and yarrow induce relaxation. And there you have it, a couple of not-so-top-secret beauty tips to take with you.
Los Angeles boutique Yellow is always one step ahead of the rest of us when it comes to dresses, swimwear, lingerie, foot candies and accessories. The space is brimming with clothing and accessories by the hottest, latest designers, so it maintains a steady stream of clientele, which includes celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. As a special thank you to shoppers, the owners offer a 10% rebate coupon with every purchase (you can use it towards the following month’s purchases online or in the store). When you stop by, be sure to tell them Marie sent you—and visit her favorite restaurant, Cube, next door.
Following a popular collection of refined handbags, Joy Gryson has launched her own line of shoes (apparently she learned the ropes while working for Coach, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs). The new footwear is a testament to Gryson’s discerning taste. She admits to obsessing over aesthetic details, but that doesn’t mean functionality is sacrificed. Our favorite styles so far include a buckle-strap ankle bootie that looks ready for the mountains (if it weren’t for the skyscraper heel, that is) and knee-high equestrian boots made for pounding the urban pavement.
Fashion mags have often referred to L.A.-based Melissa Cocker’s clothing collection, Wren, as a cross between Audrey Hepburn and A.P.C. We concur. Her signature evening coats, tuxedo jackets, hand-dyed tees, and little black dresses effortlessly transition from your desk to, oh…say, the bar at the Four Seasons (hello lychee martinis). Style savants are sure to appreciate the name, which appears to be an ode to complex character Jenny Wren of the novel Our Mutual Friend.
BabaKul launched the fall Hippie Goddess Collection at the ENK International Trade Show. The name, which is derived from the French saying Baba Cool (ba-ba-cool), means “hippie.” So it’s only natural that this hand crafted jewelry collection is utterly bohemian. Though we’re not hippies at heart by any means, we can’t get enough of the line’s stunning cocktail rings, which are all at once elegant and chunky. Don more than one at a time for a look that’s unique and plenty chic.