Oct 052012

First- This Chanel Inside No 5 video is brilliant. It makes me a bit breathless–I think it’s the narrator’s pacing.

Currently there are three makeup companies associating with Marilyn Monroe presently (Chanel, MAC and Dior). Two with Andy Warhol (Chanel and Nars). None of these seems to be a detraction from these icons’ incredible status. I’m enjoying every minute.

It does seem the makeup industry is having a 1960’s revolution moment.

By the way, I have some of the original Andy Warhol postcards based on the collaboration mentioned in the video. They have little peel-off fragrance samples on the back. When I get back home, I’ll have to post some pictures of them.

Second-  Louis Vuitton. Speaking of a 1960’s revival, during Paris Louis Vuitton’s models wore a simple peach shimmered eyeshadow with soft lips complete with a 1960’s headband-bob.

The show featured the Damier check, extending the pattern into four escalators which formed the stage background.

Third- Tom Ford. I took me until a few months ago to make a few tentative passes at the Neiman’s counter. I’m not done going back yet.
I’ll be posting reviews (but if you want a head start, this Bronzer Brush is to die for). I cannot say that I’ve loved everything I’ve tried, but trust me this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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May 132011

As we are already part-way through May, here are this month’s Five Things I’m Loving Right Now….

1. Dior Rosy Tan Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here).  I love the range of shades–the deep brown isn’t too deep for a pale skin-toned person like me.  It makes a great day-time dimensional eye.  As the weather heats up, I know that I’ll love Rosy Tan’s twin (Rosy Nude) just as much.  For now, Rosy Tan is fool-proof.


2.Dior Aurora Bronzer (reviewed here and here).  So easy, so natural.  So this season.

3. Elta MD Clear Sunscreen SPF 46 (see here)  Awesome sunblock.  All the right things–it blocks nearly all color, doesn’t break me out, leaves no white cast.  Looks good under makeup.

4.  Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation I have no idea why I fell back in love with this foundation, but it works so well this time of year.  Although I should be loving the newer Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (and I do!), there’s something about the lightness and texture of Lift Lumiere that seems right.  As you know, Liz wears this constantly;  maybe we’re just in sync with it.


5. Louis Vuitton Hortensia Sunglasses New for Spring/Summer 2011.  I picked up these bad boys in Paris, and although I realize they aren’t makeup, I do wear them on my face. They look sort of outdated and heavy in this picture, but worn they are a fabulous. Pair them with a glossy bold summer lip and it’s party time.  Really, check them out.  You won’t be sorry.


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Jun 042010

Some of the most enjoyable moments in Paris happen purely by accident.  You look up and see something that takes your breath away.  This post includes a number of destinations that I found more by accident than planning, but thoroughly enjoyed once I discovered them.  All of them are located in central Paris.

1.  Repetto:  A French ballet shoe company that makes shoes for dancers and ballet flats for fashion-lovers.  I love the genuine theater feel of this store.  Located near the Opera Garnier, Repetto is located on the Rue de la Paix and features displays of tutus and pink satin that are so beautiful.  For those that love well-made ballet flats, these are beautifully made leather.  They’re gorgeously made with thin, elegant soles and a breathtaking range of colors.

On the day I went by, there were tutu’s on display in the front window that appeared to be leaping across a stage:

2. Laduree – makers of extraordinary macarons.  Although every French macaron I’ve tried has been delicious, there is something so wonderful about the Laduree variety.  My favorite this summer– Caramel Fleur de Sel— a sweet and salty confection that brings together the best of both worlds.

Sometimes I secretly wish one of my friends would get married, so I could persuade them to have a macaron wedding cake.  Is that taking love of macarons too far?

3.  Make Up For Ever- Paris My first real introduction to Make Up For Ever was in the Sephora Paris about ten years ago.  Since then, the line has invaded the U.S., much to my delight.  Here is the Make Up For Ever boutique in Paris, which is tucked away several blocks from the Arc de Triomphe:

How lovely and old world is this courtyard?  How cutting-edge is the makeup inside? I love the contrast.

4. Louis Vuitton boutiques:  There are several Louis Vuitton locations throughout Paris, and the service in each one that I’ve encountered has been excellent.  Here is one on the Champs Elysse, typically the busiest of them, with a line outside most of the time:

5.  Chanel:  There are at least three Chanel stand-alone boutiques in central Paris, but only one original boutique in the entire world.  This is at 31 Rue Cambon, where Coco Chanel began her design career and the company’s home has remained here through the present:

Always pristine, always welcoming, always beautiful. Always Chanel.

6. Lancome boutique:  On the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, there are several incredible boutiques, including Hermes, Yves St. Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana.  For makeup lovers, a visit to the Lancome boutique is a treat.  It’s spacious and serene, and of course stocked with European versions of Lancome’s products.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief stroll among some of these lovely destinations in Paris.   All photographs are mine.

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