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Poncho Anyone? 27 Miles Is The Answer!

28 Jan

27 Miles Malibu

I just discovered the clothing line 27 Miles (named after the original length of Malibu) and I’m in love!  Their ponchos are making me long for summer. Delicious cashmere in great colors, for an easy laid back look. Boho, beachy and luxe all mixed into one! I have visions of being wrapped in this, while cozying it up at a Point Dume bonfire, watching the sun set.

27 Miles Lexi Poncho

The Lexi poncho in Fuschia Orange, along with the Grey Lime version are my favorites. And this style can be worn not only as a poncho, but as a wrap or scarf. Three in one versatility!

27 Miles Malibu Lexi Poncho

Next on my list is the Giuliana Kimono. Can’t wait to get my hands on that. Delicate lace with silk satin binding. And I mustn’t forget the fun yet edgy Lucia jacket! I see an addiction forming rapidly!

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And the best part, receive 27% off using promo code 27miles at checkout!

27 Miles Malibu

The collection is also available at specialty boutiques like Fred Segal Santa Monica and Kitson.

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Coolest Weekender Bag for Him or Her

18 Dec

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When I travel I like to look put together but not stuffy or uptight. Usually that means a pair of leggings or stretch jeans with a simple Alexander Wang T-shirt (or I’m loving the Rag & Bone T’s right now) a super soft loose sweater, and a great carry on bag. Well, only very recently did I discover my new great carry-on favorite, J. Crew’s Abingdon Weekender $198.00

I LOVE the distressed casual look of this bag while still pulling it together with leather trimmings, handles, buckles, and most importantly the base. Having the base be all leather is the must-have as a lot of canvas carry-on or weekend bags have canvas bottoms, which will wear much faster. This way you can safely put your bag down and not worry about tears or stains like you would with an all canvas bag.

The label on the inside of the bag states ‘Dry Goods and Men’s Furnishings By J. Crew’ but I say this bag is UNISEX – rugged enough for a man and so hunter chic for a woman. Making it a perfect shared bag for weekend road trips, Hampton’s here I come, that won’t have him feeling shy about carrying around your lady weekender. And, this bag is well worth the price, a lot of bang for the buck. Well, time for me to go pack it up, I’m heading off to London tonight and so is my Abingdon.

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From J. Crew’s website: Inspired by vintage hunting gear, our Abingdon collection focuses heavily on timeless fabrics and made-to-last construction. You’ll notice recurring details such as rugged waxed cotton canvas, burnished leather trim and brass-finish hardware. We constructed this updated weekender with heavy-duty shoulder straps and added extra reinforcements to help it withstand repeated use. It’s really the perfect bag—tough, roomy and fit for all occasions (we think it’s too good just to be used on the weekend). Adjustable shoulder strap fully extends to 49 3/4″. 8″ handle drop. 17 1/2″H x 26″W x 9 1/4″D. Waxed cotton canvas.
Available in Khaki, Deep Olive, or Slate Grey.

Burning Desire: Candle Wish List

13 Dec

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 10.10.36 AMAs a self acknowledged candle junkie I have tried and tried many a candle. And, many with great results. I’ve already written about my love for Diptyque’s Baies candles, a classic for year round, and now the Diptyque Holiday Collection $32.00 – $68.00  This limited edition Holiday collection is packaged in elegant lovely containers decorated with a replica of a hand-drawn design which gives off a beautiful colored light when burning.   The collection is a range of 3 candles Sapin Doré paying homage to the fir tree, Amber Oud  reminiscent of an Oriental journey filled with rare spices, and Oliban transporting you to an Arabian dream highlighting resin frankincense.

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For a better price point, still not bargain basement deals, I also love Voluspa’s Champagne Rose $24.00 or the Grande 3 wick versions for $60.00. The Grande version ha a 120 hour burn time and is beautiful on a table with a triple wick being burnt. It also smells divine with notes of rose champagne, cassis berries, and white rose petals. This scent really fills the room but is not too overwhelming. I like to light the Grande size when having guests over to create a nice warm ambiance.

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Every time I burn Restoration Hardware’s French Oak candle $39.00 – $49.00 EVERYONE asks what it is and remarks how much they love it, it is Herbes de Provence mingled with purple iris, white oak and a hint of smoky wood. Totally enveloping and the packaging is stunning for gifting! The candle comes is 3 sizes packaged in the wooden box which I now use on my desk filled with pens and colored pencils.

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And last but not least, Patch NYC OWL Candle $37.00 When I saw these candles I was drawn in by the vintage-inspired packaging and old world feel. Then for a double do good, the candles are 100 percent soy with a 72 hour burn time. The labels on the front of these candles are silhouettes of different animals and the owl scent is an earthy scent of sandalwood, tobacco and vetiver – perfect for a winter vibe. I also recommend the STAG candle with the scent of siberian fir that is fresh but not overpowering, thanks to light notes of citrus and raspberry.

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide Part 2: $100 and Under

11 Dec

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Beauty Bar Sample Society Gift Membership  3 Months for $45.00/ 6 months for $90.00  Join the SOCIETY and give a gift that keeps on giving with Deluxe-size samples from luxury brands (such as DDF and Oscar de la Renta) delivered to your door every month, $15 a month. Plus your giftee also gets a $15 gift code each month if they include any product from the brands sampled. This is the ultimate for a beauty junkie!

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Kiehl’s ‘Kenny Scharf Creme de Corps’ Limited Edition Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter $38.00 This is a doubly meaningful gift as it’s a gift that gives back, 100% of net profits up to $200,000 from worldwide sales of the Limited Edition Creme de Corps will support children’s charities around the world. And, whipped body butter is the perfect name for this luxe nourishing creme which has a rich clean scent. A classic gift of an item that has been a classic in Kiehl’s collection for over 4 decades.

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Chloé Rollerball Trio $55.00 I personally use 2 of these 3 fragrances and adore them, they have a beautiful kind essence. Each rollerball is 0.2 oz, is easy to pack, or great to throw in your bag as an on the go lady-like touch up scent.

From the Sephora website: Chloé Eau de Parfum captures the spirit of women—not about one singular woman, but rather about the rich and varied personalities of all Chloé women. Love, Chloé is a celebration of radiant, generous, and spontaneous femininity. Its fine, powdery scent is contagious, a beauty that is free and graceful.
L’Eau de Chloé is elegance injected with a modern twist. It’s an utterly innate sense of chic with the fresh feeling of springtime pastels, light dresses, and rose petals.


Screen shot 2012-12-10 at 6.30.00 PMJosie Maran Moroccan Scented Oil Trio $80.00 ($105 value) plus free shipping from Sephora
An all natural trio of luxuriously rich oils created with Josie Maran’s signature Argan Oil, an organic ingredient known to help prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and sebum production. Argan oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi deserts of Morocco and is the natural answer to maintaining healthy, youthful, radiant skin and hair. Additionally, these oils feature an exclusive blend of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids to infuse the skin with enriched hydration and encourage a healthy elasticity. Massage them into your skin for a calming effect or pour them into the bath for an aroma therapeutic experience, my favorite.

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Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence $29.95 Inspire beauty from the inside out, our motto at Glow + Tell. All the product in the world won’t make up for a bad attitude or a nasty spirit. So get in the right spirit as this book is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look. From the Bobbi Brown site “In this book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthfulskin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type. Brimming with personal and inspiring beauty stories from Blythe Danner, Alexa Ray Joel, Gabourey Sidibe and many others.” Bobbi Brown also has another beauty book manual classic called Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual $32.00 if you are looked for tried and true ‘how to’!

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser $75.00 This reed diffuser is a perfect gift for the Holiday season. Pine & Eucalyptus is the scent of Christmas morning and this collection is the ultimate way to have a lush lingering reminder of the warmth we surround ourselves with during the Holidays. It’s also a great gift for a friend who has everything because let’s face it who doesn’t love beautiful things that make your space smell beautiful… can you really get enough of them?

Liquid Facelift: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

6 Dec
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Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel has been dubbed the ‘liquid facelift’ for many reasons and I have to say after using it for the past month, I’m a big fan. Last month as I wandered around Harvey Nichols I was simply looking to up my hydration. I’d traveled from Los Angeles to London and after a week in the cold weather my lips and face were extremely dry. So, what started as an attempt for a moisture kick, ended in an expensive impulse purchase. I got fully sold into trying Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. That night, with great buyers remorse after the hefty price tag, I opened the box and only hoped I’d found something amazing. Turns out it was pretty amazing! And, little did I know at that time that beauty Angelina Jolie is thought to be a fan.
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I wouldn’t go so far as to compare it with an actual facelift although I haven’t had one. But, it’s certainly a worthwhile step before you get to that point in life. The sculpting gel forms a skin-like film, you can feel it but that’s a good thing in this case, which protects against environmental damage and aggressions. It also reduces redness, true, and inflammation, true.
The key active ingredient, Dragon’s Blood (and where from the product gets its edgy name) is the bright red resin or sap of the sangre de drago tree. It has been using for centuries by ancient cultures for dye, incense, and healing. The red latex of the Sangre de Grado tree, native to South America, reportedly has wound-healing and antioxidant properties. The sap promises to plump aging skin to regain fullness in the face, while also helping to define its natural contours. On top of the product feeling great and filling its promises, the scent is gorgeous. In fact, I would go so far as to say this is my favorite smelling product, with a gorgeously subtle, fruity scent.
So, before I went to bed that night in London I happily touched my face thinking that after only one use my skin already felt silky smooth, soft all over, and much less red. And now 1 month later I’m just as happy to reach for my Dragon’s Blood. If only it wasn’t such an expensive habit!
*SAVE 20% at the SkinStore.com with promo code FAB20 at checkout. 

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Dragon’s blood – contains phytotherapeutic actives that when applied creates a second skin-like film to protect against free radical damage and stimulates cell regeneration. Anti-inflammatory properties soothe and repair skin and reduce redness.
  • Collageneer – a patented active ingredient that effectively increases the synthesis of collagen, ensuring skin appears tighter, firmer and more wrinkle-free by promoting the production of high quality collagen.
  • Volufiline – increases fatty deposits within the skin to
    provide a fuller and plumper more line-free appearance.
  • Commipheroline – renowned for its anti-inflammatory and
    immune-stimulant properties, a more line-free appearance is created through a plumping action, by modulating two key mechanisms that activate lipogenesis.

Must-Have Neutral Sweaters for Sale: Gift or Keep?

30 Nov

J. Crew Collection Cashmere Cable Sweater: Was $238.00 Now $99.00 A classic cable knit sweater in a lovely heather camel is a timeless addition to a wardrobe. A great neutral and great with a pair of tall brown riding boots, a white tee, and fitted blue jeans – truly classic!

All you need is Paul & Joe Sister Altai chunky-knit wool-blend cardi-coat. Was $385 Now $192.50 SAVE 50% Cozy & Super Chic Fall cover-up with a colorful intarsia that requires no additional accessories.

Madewell Balladeer Sweater Was $118.00 Now $88.50 – 25% off with Online Code ‘OURTREAT’ Sweaters are all about texture so how about a little added 50’s embellishment in this playful supersoft angora sweater.

Rag & Bone Kali open weave sweater Was $349.00 Now $174.00 SAVE 50% Easy and breezy this slouch open weave sweater has a casual sexiness to it. It doesn’t try to hard and yet you can wear it for a night out with a pair of great black leather leggings – insert whistle here!

PROENZA SCHOULER Hooded Open Weave Sweater Was $575.00 Now $172.00 SAVE 70% This hooded open weave sweater in cream with button detail at collar and extra long sleeves is a SUPER DEAL by designer Proenza Schouler. I love the extra long sleeves which can be pulled over your hands for a coy and warm effect. Or, out of your jacket for a style statement that says ‘cool’.

Surface to Air Ginger Sweater Was $260.00 Now $182.00 SAVE 30% Taking color blocking to a more sophisticated level by using different shades of grey and combining different textures in each section and finished off with wide black bands, yummy!

10 Crosby Derek Lam Colorblocked U Neck Sweater Was $225.00 Now $139.00 I HAD to include one of my favorite not so neutral but still neutral sweater of the season. Colored in army, patina, and russet, these autumn colors and grandfather elbow patches give it a vintage vibe. So current, and so flattering!

Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

28 Nov

We all have a family member or friend who simply has everything and every year with the Holidays upon it is a struggle to find that perfect gift.

Well, you need look no further as this Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide has something for even the most discerning of us ladies.

Kilian In the City of Sin/1.7 oz. 1.7oz $245.00 For the truly LUXE lady a new fragrance by the renowned Kilian Hennessey. In the City of Sin is a place of extreme temptation where every street corner offers the possibility of impromptu encounters and seductions. The fragrance opens with an explosion of Bergamote from Calabria, pink Peppercorns and Cardamom from Guatamala. It then evolves into a heart of Apricots and caramelized Plums held in check by the Turkish Rose Absolute. A light haze of Indonesian Incense entrances and then lends a profound depth, further sustained by Atlas and Virginia Cedar woods and rich Indonesian Patchouli. Needless to say a beautifully complex fragrance that comes in a stunning white enamel clutch wrapped with a golden snake. Fully seductive and fully luxurious!

Rodin Face Oil $150 & Luxury Body Oil $110  Olio Lusso was created by Linda Rodin, stylist and former fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, to satisfy what she felt was missing in the anti-aging skin care market. Her line now has a cult-like following among fashion and beauty insiders and justifiably so! It is a miracle oil for women of all ages who seek beautiful, dewy skin that conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being. Made with an exclusive, aromatic blend of 11 essential oils to soothe and soften the skin. As an step up in gifting you can pair up the face and body oil for a complete package. Although, either of these items will light up the recipient on the insider and out! Oil is an essential part of a healthy beauty regime.


Another much anticipated gift for the BEAUTY & TRAVEL buff is the LIMITED EDITION Rodin Travel Kit $85.00

Frederic Malle Notre Dame Candle $95.00 OR Diptyque’s Set of 3 Mini Candles $84.00

Comme des Garcons 2 Incense Sticks $36.00

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Make it up and make it personal with a hand picked selection of products for your lucky recipient. Mix and match a great set of eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails to give a customized set that is is both personal and her favorite gift.

I may be, well must be, somewhat biased but tenoverten’s WORTH $18.00 is one of my favorite nail polish colors of the season from the famous NYC salons tenoverten. The polish is both 5 FREE + CRUELTY FREE and lasts by using the best raw ingredients all compliant with the leaping bunny effort to encourage suppliers to also provide cruelty free ingredients. Not just in the finished product. Worth is currently featured in this month’s Marie Claire and is a truly gorgeous gold. Not too yellow and not glittery, an on-trend must-have metallic. Come December  tenoverten is also offering a discounted polish set for the Holidays for the true nail buff in your life… or if you’re recipient is in NYC go the extra mile and pick up a gift certificate for a little pampering.

Too-Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof & Tearproof Eyeliner in Perfect Moss $18.00 This new liner is easy to apply and a perfect daytime green-gray color. Dark enough to create effect and make your eyes pop but still light enough to get a natural look. It’s also a great gift as application is easy, it glides on smoothly to get a clean line. Another great ‘eye’ gift is always a classic black mascara like Lancome Definicils $26.00.

Jouer Cheek Tint in Peony $20.00 The perfect cream blush to add a soft flush of pink to any winter blues.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Stalker $16.00 NY Based cult brand Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic is not only 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free but this amazing product is a hybrid between a lip gloss and lipstick. Meaning it goes on like a gloss but then dries matte like a lipstick. A few other pros are that it lasts for hours (date night may be an exception), is highly pigmented, and comes in a range from subtle to super bright fun. Even colors like neon pink, blue, and orange. I’m not quite ready to be that experimental but a classic Hollywood red like Stalker or the new color Electric Grandma are safe bets to gift anytime of the year. And remember a little bit goes a long way so only use a tiny dab to start with.

Or for luscious lips try this UBER-LUXE lip set from iconic Gucci designer Tom Ford.  Hint: if anyone is looking for a gift idea for me then this is the one. Tom Ford Beauty 4 Piece Lip Color Boxed Gift Set $192.00 Colors include:Lip colors include Spanish Pink, Crimson Noir, Nude Vanille, & Wild Ginger giving a range from nude to show stopper.

Happy shopping and always remind yourself it’s the thought that counts not the dollar value. So, pick up a great gloss for a friend and she’ll smile right back at you while wearing it. xo

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