Archive for August, 2008
Just as Picasso had his blue period, Lori Leavitt is having her chunky period, as evidenced by her latest rings and necklaces. Leavitt is noted for vintage-inspired pieces that have a slightly contemporary bent. The sterling silver Picasso ring features a Jasper set in 10 karat gold. FYI: A Jasper signifies “spotted stone” in French and is believed to bring confidence to those who wear it. Go ahead, take one for a whirl.
We call it The Shoe. The one you turn to for funky, casual occasions. Oakland-based Twenty Two’s Dahlia flats make even the simplest ensemble come to life with Crayola-bright color. Designed to be the go-to shoe on days when you don’t know what to wear, or have the faintest clue what the day will bring, these transition from a casual stroll on a leafy suburban promenade to a romantic dinner under the big city lights.
The clutch is a must-have handbag, especially now that fall dictates a more refined, ladylike look that channels Old Hollywood starlets such as Audrey Hepburn and Veronica Lake. Darby Scott’s Silver Wash Python Mini Evening Clutch boasts smooth cabachon gray moonstone toplock and lilac silk peau de soie lining. Slip this decadent design under one arm and you’re ready to take on the world (just don’t forget to stock it with breath mints).
Pucker up. Fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit is good for you, brimming with Vitamin C, lycopene, limonoids and naringin. These potent antioxidants are present in 100% Pure’s Fresh Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juicy Shower Gel, a real treat for the skin. The formula refreshes and purifies, so your body is glowing and invigorated; vitamins C and E offer an extra antioxidant boost. The clean, crisp scent of pink grapefruit essential oil revitalizes and uplifts a dropping spirit in the morning.
It’s the details that matter, and if you ever had a doubt, simply check out the stunning, intricate work of artist Jill Platner. Her Fishtail belt is an instant classic inspired by her life-long of nature. Its concept fuses organic form with decidedly modern design. The result? A luxe piece that you can love for a lifetime. Her jewelry, handmade in NYC, is just as fetching, fashioned from sterling silver and 19 karat gold.
Think chocolates cause breakouts? Think again. Sugar-free Frutels harness the skin-clearing properties of antioxidant, polypheonol-packed dark chocolate (which have 300 times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries). Turns out the premium, all-natural variety helps the body ward off the effects of oxidative stress, and we can’t say that we’re totally surprised. How many times have we turned to a rich chocolate brownie on a bad day, and felt one millions times better as we let the crumbs tumble from the corners of our mouths? Polyphenols help to reduce inflammation in the body, which translates as calm, clearer skin. Chocolate candies that beautify? A winning invention.
We generally shy away from mainstream stores, but it looks like Nine West’s Cedargrove ankle bootie, cut in one of fall’s hottest trends, is a relatively affordable way to look oh-so-chic and cop the edgy style of cult-favorite Costume National. With neutral palette, ruched leather and sturdy build, this patent platform-stiletto hybrid does faintly look the part of one of Ennio Capasa’s designs, no?
Toby Pomeroy’s nature-inspired Prism Earrings are forged from one piece of solid 18 karat EcoGold, and the artisan methods used to create the jewelry hark back to an ancient era. Living in the foothills of the Himalayas, a young boy by the name of Toby Pomeroy was captivated by native artisans creating stunning woodcarvings, furniture, jewelry and brass vessels using only simple tools, bare hands and plenty of imagination. Today, his eponymous studio stands for a handful of young artists influenced by the beauty and simplicity of nature, just like him.
Few bags fit all of our requirements. Enter the EnV Bag out of Los Gatos, California. It’s strong enough to hold up to three bags full of groceries, pretty enough to wear to the mall, and durable enough to withstand machine washing. Five funky, flashy prints coordinate with each other and are available in various storage pack sizes to fit in your purse. Each bag is printed on both sides and made of water-resistant nylon.