Azul Accents

  • 13th April 2013

The color crush for eyes takes a cue from pop art and aqua accents abound.  Let’s look at the trend, find the right products and examine the ‘how to…’

 

Marilyn Andy Warhol
Kate Moss Rimmel

 

Aqua eyes sparkled on the runways this spring

 

Dior Aqua Sparkly Eyes
Dior Aqua Sparkly Eyes

 

Stylists, designers and trendsetters are looking to Warhol for inspiration

 

Aqua Eyes Warhol
Aqua Eyes Elle Magazine

Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

A few ways to wear this trend

 

1.) On the lashes

For edgy, bold blue lashes try this technique dreamed up by makeup artist Pat McGrath for the Stella McCartney show, and featured in Vogue India.

Start with a good base coat of black mascara.  Add a layer of clear mascara on to which you hand-paint (or dab) crushed blue shadow pigment.  Gorgeous!

 

Vogue India

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

 

 

2.) The Floating Stroke

A single swift, clean line…

 

Floating Stroke

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand

Floating Stroke

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand

Try:  Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color No. BL711; Estée Lauder Intense Kajal Eyeliner Duo No. 1; Crazy Lazy metallic eye pencil; Intense Color Super Soft Kohl Pencil Peacock Feather (Courtesy: Elle Thailand)

 

3.) Pair with coral and burnt orange

Vogue Thailand

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Thailand

Vogue Thailand

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Thailand

 

 

 

We’re seeing the brightest blue paired beautifully with coppery/orange tones.

 

Calvin Klein One Street Edition

Calvin Klein One Street Edition

 

4.) Boomerang Curves

Elle UK uses the Eye Crayon in Kingfisher from Top Shop Make-up to do the boldest bright blue lids.  Start by drawing a line across your eye socket using a bright eye crayon.

Step 1

Step 1: Photo Courtesy of Elle UK

 

Using an eyeshadow in the same color, sweep across the lid

 

Step 2

Step 2: Photo Courtesy of Elle UK

 

Blend under the lower lash line

 

Step 3

Step 3: Photo Courtesy of Elle UK

 

Voila!

Voila! Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

5.) Superquick Mermaid Eyes

This quickie comes by way of Marie Claire.  Start with Garnier’s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector, then swipe on Lancome’s Khol in Love in Jade Crush along the lash line.

 

Lancome Khol in Love in Jade Crush

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

 

 

Watch for the azur trend to catch-on everywhere.  In talking about Turquoise, renowned jewelry designer Chan Luu says, “I love the vivid color.  It makes me happy. That’s why I keep a big container of turquoise nuggets by my bed!”

 

 

High Marks in Geometry

  • 12th April 2013

Students are not the only ones getting A’s drawing sharp angles, clean lines and bold curves.  Designers are following suit, with Fendi leading the way.

 

 

Fendi Cuff and Baguette
Fendi Spring/Summer

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Australia

 

 

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch. Photo Courtesy of: Baku

 

 

 

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

Fendi Coat.  Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

Fendi Coat. Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

 

 

Study our picks below for a crash course in all sorts of circles, squares and shapes in-between!

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado
Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado

 

 

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredorosado.com

 

Liza Sherman Agra Low Table

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

 

Agra Low Table, lizasherman.com, $6,500

 

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $2,350.00

 

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace Forever21

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace, Forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya
Nike Woven Nagoya

Nike Woven Nagoya

 

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya Sneakers available at select Nike retailers

 

 

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home. Photo Courtesy of: Arch Digest

 

We love the sleek silhouette of the above lamp.

Picasso Floor Lamp, Bunnywilliamshome.com, $1,000

 

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag

Hermes bag handmade in India features geometric patterns inspired by jockey jackets

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag, hermes.com, $6350.00

 

 

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

 

 

Langford Canopy Bed Bernhardt Interiors

 

Langford Canopy Bed, bernhardt.com, $5,290.00

 

Fendi Cuff

 

Fendi Cuff, price upon request

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress
Paris Fashion Week Stella McCartney

Spotted at Paris Fashion Week: Courtesy of Elle Collections

 

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1780.00

 

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch, barneys.com, $1295.00

 

 

D'mond Prestige Ring

 

D’Mond Prestige Ring, dmond.com

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal Vince

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal, Vince, neimanmarcus.com, $350.00

 

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain and Circuit 24 tumblers with stainless steel stirrers and a vase, usa.hermes.com

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière, barneys.com, $2190.00

 

 

 

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline

 

 

Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline, zara.com, $59.90

 

Big Bracelet

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

 

 

A smaller, but no less impactful version of the above…..

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring

 

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring, barneys.com, $1250.00

 

 

Last Look!  How to wear the trend in the most unexpected ways

 

Geometric Eyes

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

 

Parting Words…

  • 12th April 2013
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
Pablo Picasso
BonConseil

Comic Relief

  • 11th April 2013

Archie’s Girls & Mickey make a mainstream splash!

 

 

Archie's Girls
Mickey Mouse Sweater

 

 

Marc Jacobs Really Gets the Mouse Out of His House…

 

 

3/4 Sleeve Mickey Sweater Marc Jacobs

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand

3/4 Sleeve Mickey Sweater Marc Jacobs

Photo Courtesy of: 2 Mag Thailand

 

This uber-popular sweater is sold-out at almost all retailers, but still available at Marc Jacobs.com

 

3/4 Sleeve Mickey Sweater Marc Jacobs

 

Mickey 3/4-sleeve sweater, marcjacobs.com, $995.00

 

If $995.00 is too much for you to spend on this little fellow here are a few budget ways to add his dapper charm to your look.

 

Mickey Sweater

 

1.) Top Shop Mickey Crop Sweat, topshop.com, $45.00

2.) Disney Mickey Mouse Two-Toned Simulated Crystal Watch, kohls.com, $51.00

3.) Mickey Roses Raglan Tee, delias.com, $25.00

4.) Frederica Moretti Navy Mickey Ears Peeked Cap, liberty.co.uk, £125.00

5.) Miss Selfridge Mickey Mouse Jumper, missselfridge.com, $32.00

6.) Mickey Kiss Me Tee, delias.com, $25.00

7.) Forever 21 Contrast Mickey, forever21.com, $23.00

 

Miley Cyrus Mickey Mouse
Zendaya Coleman Mickey Mouse

 

Ear Headpiece

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire UK

Ear Headpiece

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire UK

 

 

 

Headpieces by Maison Michel

 

 

How to wear cat-ear headbands effortlessly:

Lace Hairband from Maison Michel

This outfit (courtesy of: Elle UK) demonstrates how to incorporate the lace cat-ear headband effortlessly.

 

 

The Return to Riverdale!

 

Archie Comics

Photo Courtesy of: 2 Mag Thailand

 

 

If you knew/know all the characters in the constantly popular Archie comic series, i.e., you feel like a best-friend to Jughead, are a little scared of Mr. Lodge, love to devise pranks to play on Mr. Weatherbee, then MAC’s new make-up/accessories line is just for you!

 

Archie Comics

Photo Courtesy of: 2 Mag Thailand

 

 All Photos Below Courtesy of Makeupandbeautyblog.com:

 

Veronica Lipstick

Photo Courtesy of:makeupandbeautyblog.com

Veronica Lipstick

Photo Courtesy of:makeupandbeautyblog.com

 

Betty & Veronica Lipsticks—$16.50 each, maccosmetics.com

 

Archie's Girls Mascara

Photo Courtesy of: makeupandbeautyblog.com

 

Mascara, maccosmetics.com, $17.50 each

 

 

Archie Young Heart's Mirror

Photo Courtesy of: makeupandbeautyblog.com

 

Young Hearts Mirror, maccosmetics.com, $25.00

 

My Dear & lukcy in Love Pigment

Photo Courtesy of: makeupandbeautyblog.com

My Dear & Lucky in Love Pigment

Photo Courtesy of: makeupandbeautyblog.com

 

Lucky in Love & Cheers My Dear Pigment, maccosmetics.com, $23.00

 

Yours Forever Tote

Photo Courtesy of: makeupandbeautyblog.com

 

Yours Forever Tote, maccosmetics.com, $49.50

 

More Archie’s Girls products are available online and in stores and boutiques carrying MAC products.

Topsy Turvy Indoor Gardening

  • 10th April 2013

Root Fed…

 

We came across this picture in the Korean magazine, Woman Chosun, and were immediately intrigued!

 

 

Sky Planter Upside Down Plant Pot

 

 

What a great idea to add some warmth and greenery, especially to an urban apartment.  Actually, the Sky Planter Upside-Down Plant Pot is more easily available than we thought!

 

 

 

Sky Plant Upside Down Plant Pot

 

 

 

How does it work? A web disk secures the plant and soil making it mess free.  Water goes directly into the roots (an interesting concept that does make sense!)   Apparently root-feeding conserves water as well?

 

Sky Plant Upside Down Plant Pot

 

 

 

Reach up, pick your herbs growing right over a pot of simmering sauce!

 

 

Picking Plants

 

 

 

Ceramic Mini Triple Pack, Boskke.com, $99.00 (Other sizes, colors and price ranges are also available)

 

 

Sky Plant Upside Down Pot

 

 

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 10th April 2013

The Queen of Fruits

Why is it called the ‘Queen of Fruits?’  Some believe because of the legend that Queen Victoria offered a reward of 100 pounds sterling to anyone who could deliver her fresh Mangosteen.  Even a few years ago, Mangosteen sold for up to $45 per pound in some specialty stores in New York.

 

 

Mangosteen

 

 

In our humble opinion it tastes like a strawberry coated in sugar, it’s so good!

 

The tropical evergreen tree is believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Molaccas of Indonesia.  The rind of the fruit, which is not edible, is a deep, beautiful, reddish purple when ripe. Mangosteens are best when harvested from May-August.  To eat or use the Mangosteen, cut the shell around the circumference of the fruit.  Rotate it gently and remove the shell.

 

Mangosteens have become more readily available in the United States recently.  They can be found at high-end specialty grocers, or Asian markets

 

Mangosteen and Lime Sorbet

2 Mangosteens delicately halved with stones discarded.  (Keep outer shell of fruit to serve in)

1 lime juiced

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 egg white

4 ice cubes

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth

Empty the mixture into a shallow container and let it set, for approximately 15-20 minutes in the freezer

Scoop the mixture into the preserved mangosteen shells

Serve immediately, garnished with fresh mint or a pinch of freshly grated lime zest

 

Recipe courtesy of:  Ready Steady Cook

 

 

Putting the Dazzle Back in Travel

  • 10th April 2013

With an artfully elegant suitcase in hand anyone can head off on the most exotic journey with full confidence!  The second collaboration between Anna Sui and Tumi is glamorous whimsy meets trusted functionality.  

 

Anna Sui Medium Trip Packing Case
Anna Sui Medium Trip Packing Case

 

Anna Sui Medium Trip Packing Case, tumi.com, $595.00

 

Sui combed through her archives for the perfect illustrations for this second collection and decided upon a floral watercolor print (too bad since no one is excited about flowers this spring!!) used in two dresses from her spring 2009 runway.

 

Anna Sui Ballistic Snap Case for new iPad

 

Anna Sui Ballistic Snap Case for new iPad, tumi.com, $49.00

 

 

The fabulous pale lavender cases and travel accessories such as shoe bags, luggage tags, ipad cases and totes are all available in limited edition.

 

 

Enna Large Travel Pouch
Enna Large Travel Pouch

 

Enna Large Travel Pouch, tumi.com, $115.00

 

In an interview with Elle.com, Sui said, “We had to bring back a little glamour to travel because that’s how it used to be.”  Her packing advice:  bring books, magazines and music and stick to one color to streamline packing!